After the Vote Was Won: The Later Achievements of Fifteen by Katherine H. Adams

By Katherine H. Adams

Simply because students have often in simple terms tested the efforts of yankee suffragettes relating to electoral politics, the background books have principally overlooked the true tale of what those ladies sought to achieve--and finally did achieve--far outdoor the world of vote casting reform. notwithstanding Stanton, Anthony, and Mott are definitely the easiest identified figures of the woman's suffrage move, all have been lifeless greater than a decade sooner than girls really accomplished the vote. girls like Alice Paul, Louisine Havemeyer, and Mary Church Terrell carried on their paintings, placing their crusade reports to paintings lengthy after the nineteenth modification used to be ratified. This publication tells the tale of ways those ladies made an indelible mark on American historical past in fields starting from schooling to paintings, technological know-how, publishing, and social activism.

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This going out and standing there with our beautiful banners wasn’t anything very militant. But this [using Wilson’s own lines] really was, I would say, the beginning of the militancy” (Fry, Conversations). Banners featuring his war rhetoric challenged Wilson through the spring, and then the NWP sought and achieved an increased level of aggression and publicity, with a “To the Russian Envoys” banner. On June 20, 1917, as representatives of the new Kerensky government of Russia drove up to the White House, Lucy Burns and Dora Lewis held out a large banner, with the following text: “To the Russian Envoys: We the women of America tell you that America is not a democracy.

On July 17, the government went further than before by meting out sentences of sixty days. When the judge decided that a twenty-five dollar fine would suffice instead, these protestors opted for prison. As NWP leaders had done before, they soon decided on a further increase of the danger and controversy. On August 10, they unfurled a new banner: “Kaiser Wilson, have you forgotten your sympathy with the poor Germans because they were not self-governing? 20 million American women are not self-governing/Take the beam out of your own eye” (“Kaiser Wilson”).

Then, on August 14, after the women returned to headquarters with torn banners and placed them on the second and third floor balconies, three sailors brought a ladder and tore down the “Kaiser Wilson” banner and an American flag, and a bullet was fired through a second-floor window, all without any police response (“President Onlooker”). On August 17, police major Raymond Pullman told NWP leaders that pickets would again be arrested because Wilson had lost patience with their new offensive banners.

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